Sex education, especially sex education for primary school students, may come as a shock to many older Chinese who grew up in different times.
But, whether we like it or not, recent years have seen a dramatic
increase in premarital sex, and unwanted pregnancies and abortions among
young girls. And precisely for that reason sex education
classes, complete with graphic drawings of sexual organs, will be
introduced to a primary school in Beijing from this session on an
It is imperative that steps be taken to reduce the consequences of
sexual activities among youngsters without proper knowledge. Medical
clinics in China perform an estimated 13 million abortions a year. The
actual number may be higher if we consider abortions performed in
unregistered medical clinics and the fact that about 10 million abortion-inducing pills are sold every year.
The main reason why there has been a massive increase in the number
of abortions is deceptively simple: Many people lack even the basic
knowledge to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Perhaps this is what prompted
Li Ying, a professor at Peking University, to say that young people need to acquire better knowledge about sex.
A recent government report says nearly two-thirds of the abortions in
the country's hospitals are performed on single women aged between 20
and 29. A government official familiar with this area quoted almost 50
percent of the women who underwent abortions as having said they did not
It seems that in terms of preventing abortions and unwanted
pregnancies, China can learn something from other countries. In
countries like the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Singapore,
all schools have sex education courses which begin from the early grades, even in primary schools.
Source: Xinhuanet, 2 September 2011